Jay-Z - His Hip-Hop Royal Highness
H.O.V.A., Jigga - whatever you call him, rapper, media mogul and all-round entrepreneur Jay-Z is one of the most prolific
artists of the hip-hop world today. Jay-Z's grip on the
charts is phenomenal, with hits including Jay-Z songs 'Empire State of Mind', 'Hard Knock Life' and '99 Problems', plus platinum
selling Jay-Z albums The Blueprint, In My Lifetime Vol 1 and American Gangster.
Signed to Def Jam, Jay-Z has collaborated with the biggest names in music. Production work with Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs,
duets with Linkin Park, Coldplay's Chris Martin, plus the stellar Jay-Z/Kanye
West collaboration on Watch the Throne confirms his creative clout way beyond doubt.
A Jay-Z live concert is nothing short of hip-hop perfection. For the chance to see Jay-Z live, use StubHub! UK to buy and sell tickets, plus keep up to date with music and concert news.
Jay-Z Biography - Hard Knock Life + Times
Born Shawn Corey Carter, Jay-Z was bought his first boom box after keeping his siblings awake banging drum beats on the
family kitchen table. From there, 'Jazzy' took inspiration from the nearby J/Z subway lines and mentor Jay-O, attending the
same school as The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. Breaking away from street crime, Jigga transformed into the Jay-Z we
know and love today.
Rap battles with LL Cool J and guest appearances with DMX and Ja Rule saw Jay-Z create RocaFella Records in 1995, when
no record label would release his music. The label's first release, the debut Jay-Z album Reasonable Doubt, would later
be included in Rolling Stone's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time'.
Holding the record for 11 number one solo albums, Jigga's talents stretch far beyond music. Proving his status as serial
entrepreneur, Jay-Z owns not only the Brooklyn Mets Basketball team, 40/40 Club sports bars and Rocawear clothing label, but
is creative director for Budweiser and head curator of the Life + Times blog. With superstar wife Beyonce by his side, the duo are the biggest couple in hip-hop, with baby Blue Ivy Carter rounding
off the family.
Fans of Jay-Z's heavy hitting hip-hop style will appreciate the work of Nas
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